19 items from 2015
David K. Israel is adapting from Elizabeth Kendall’s book “Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer.” Producers are Gulfstream Pictures partners Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.
The book, published in 2013, focused on the friendship between Balanchine and his childhood friend Liidia (Lidochka) Ivanova from the years just before the 1917 Russian Revolution to Balanchine’s escape from Russia in 1924. Balanchine had been abandoned by his mother at the St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet Academy in 1913 at the age of nine.
Ivanova died days before she and Balanchine had planned to leave Russia together. Zippora Karz, a ballerina chosen by Balanchine for the New York City Ballet, will be an executive producer.
- Dave McNary
The Royals cast is getting candid! In a lively sit-down with E! News, William Moseley, Alexandra Park and Tom Austen share some laughs as they answer some fun questions about their saucy show. When asked which Hollywood star they would want to play their on-screen father, William chose David Beckham, explaining, "He can teach me all his football skills." Logical. Alex, on the other hand, picked Richard Gere. "Like in Runaway Bride," she says. "He was pretty foxy." Yes, indeed! Watch the clip to find out their dream guest stars, their favorite real-life royals and the three words they would each use to describe the show ("naughty" and "wild" may have been tossed »
Julia Roberts' movie roles have run the gamut through the years, but she never forgot her roots. In a new interview with The New York Times, Roberts opens up about her new, award-buzzing movie, The Secret in Their Eyes, and how far she has come since her romantic comedy days. Having won the Oscar for Erin Brockovich, Roberts seems to have shied away from rom-coms but tells the publication now she would do more. "People say, oh she's against romantic comedies—I'm not. I love them," she clarifies. "I've been fortunate enough to be in some really good ones, so the bar for me is really high." With Runaway Bride, Pretty Woman and Notting Hill (just to name a few) in her »
The film has no official release date yet, but there's a decent chance it might be March 6, 2016 - Mother's Day next year - in the UK. »
When it comes to Julia Roberts, the biggest thing on our minds is Secret in Their Eyes, the upcoming drama about a mother losing her daughter and the emotional toll it takes. The trailer teases a stirring performance from the Oscar-winning actress, but she.s got another film on her slate that.s starting to generate even more buzz, particularly through the stellar casting. Mother.s Day, a comedy starring Roberts from her Runaway Bride and Pretty Woman director Gary Marshall, is forming a star-studded cast alongside the headliner. Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis are already starring in the film with Roberts, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Timothy Olyphant of Justified, Britt Robertson of Tomorrowland, and Shay Mitchell of Pretty Little Liars have also boarded the project. With Aniston in the role of Sandy, Timothy Olyphant, best known for playing the lead role of Raylan Givens in »
The Disney Channel’s new original movie “Descendants” brings together the children of many iconic Disney characters, no easy feat for screenwriters Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriot. The writing duo behind “Runaway Bride” and the USA series “The Starter Wife” starring Debra Messing were approached to take on a story surrounding Disney’s second generation and relished the opportunity to re-imagine their favorite childhood characters 20 years later. In the TV movie, the sons and daughters of four classic Disney villains — Jafar from “Aladdin,” Cruella De Vil from “101 Dalmations,” the Evil Queen from “Snow White” and Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” — »
- Reid Nakamura
High School Musical director Kenny Ortega is returning to the Disney Channel with the all-new original TV movie Descendants, which brings some awfully wicked offspring to life. The first 6-minutes have debuted online, with Kenny Ortega introducing the movie and the wild thrills it contains. Here, we get to meet the teenage son of Belle and Beast, who rule over the fantasy kingdom of Auradon. All of the fairytale kingdoms have come together as one, for a story about what happens after 'happily ever after'.
Kenny Ortega describes Disney's Descendants as a modern fairy tale. As he puts it, it's a 'Once Upon a Now' story that will surely resonate with today's youth, as well as their parents alike. This opening prologue springs from the interface of an iPad, telling how Beast became president of Auradon, booting all of the villains and their sidekicks off to the Isle of the Lost. »
Field, Benjamin Friedberg and Mike Weber will produce for Radar. “Brackish Water,” set in Louisiana’s criminal underworld, was developed by Harald and Friedberg after the latter signed an overall producing deal with Radar.
The duo then commenced production on a short film as a “proof of concept” teaser — a growing trend in the world of independent production. Harald and Friedberg raised the funds to create the short via an equity investor and are in the process of completing financing to shoot the film in late 2015.
“To find a company that completely gets this gritty twist on the revenge thriller and also happens to have produced stacks of films that I love feels like a perfect marriage,” said Harald.
The logline is under wraps. »
- Dave McNary
It seems that Garry Marshall is ready to continue what's probably best described at this point as his "Holiday Trilogy." It began in 2010 with the star-studded ensemble comedy Valentine's Day; continued with 2011's star-studded ensemble comedy New Year's Eve; and now we have word about Mother's Day - a brand new star-studded ensemble comedy that has already begun putting pieces of its cast together. So who are the folks that will be populating this brand new project? Deadline has released the info about the project, and you can find our rundown on the cast so far below: First up we have Julia Roberts, who is not only a veteran star of Garry Marshall movies, but even had an earlier role in the Holiday Trilogy. The actress and director previously found huge success together working on both 1990's Pretty Woman, and 1999's Runaway Bride (both co-starring Richard Gere), and they most »
First there was Valentine's Day. Then there was New Year's Eve. Now, there's Mother's Day. Gary Marshall is developing a star-studded feature film focused on the intertwined lives of mothers as the holiday approaches, with Julia Roberts attached to star. The star's casting, which was first reported by Deadline Tuesday, will reteam her with the director for the fourth time after they worked together on 1990's Pretty Woman, 1999's Runaway Bride and 2010's ensemble rom-com Valentine's Day. The Academy Award winner won't be the only marquee name to appear in Marshall's latest endeavor, of course. Horrible Bosses 2 actress Jennifer Aniston is also in negotiations, a source »
The script, written by Anya Kochoff-Romano (“Monster-In-Law”) and Lily Hollander, centers on several intersecting stories on a single day — in the style of Marshall’s “Valentine’s Day” and “New Year’s Eve.”
CAA is representing the film’s domestic distribution rights. The agency reps all four stars.
Roberts is also represented by Engelman and Co. Marshall is represented by ICM Partners and RPMedia’s Rick Nicita at RPMedia. Aniston and Sudeikis are also represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Hudson is also represented by Untitled and Jackoway Tyerman.
The news was first reported by Deadline. »
- Dave McNary
Now officially a sort of anthology franchise, Garry Marshall's ensemble holiday movies have just reached episode three. Mother's Day will be the follow-up to Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, with Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis all in negotiations to head up what will undoubtedly be another large cast.Not to be confused with the Mother's Day in which Rebecca De Mornay killed a number of people, this one will, unsurprisingly, tell the intertwining stories of several mothers as the day approaches and they wait for their bunch of daffs. Or whatever. Marshall aside, the film has slightly different DNA to its predecessors. Anya Kochoff-Romano (Monster In Law) and Lily Hollander replace Katherine Fugate as the writers, and while the previous two films came out of New Line, that's not a done deal this time. The "package" is "going out to buyers" shortly.It will, »
Richard Gere has enjoyed — and is still enjoying — the sort of hugely successful, long, eclectic career that nearly every actor would kill for. Gere started gathering serious attention in Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven” in 1978, but it was his role as the titular “American Gigolo” in Paul Schrader’s now-iconic 1980 film that vaulted him to Hollywood stardom. He went on to sweep Debra Winger off her feet in “An Officer and a Gentleman,” and saved Julia Roberts from a life of prostitution in “Pretty Woman” (reteaming later with Roberts on “Runaway Bride”). Gere tackled song and dance with “The Cotton Club” and “Chicago,” danced around the law as a corrupt cop in “Internal Affairs” and donned armor as Lancelot in “First Knight.” More recently, he’s walked on the seamier side of Wall Street (“Arbitrage”) and stayed over at “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
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- Iain Blair
After more than three decades of producing movies, Ted Field is expanding his Radar Pictures into the micro-budget arena by tapping veteran producer-director-teacher Paul Kampf as a partner, Variety has learned exclusively.
Kampf has signed an overall co-production deal with Radar under his production shingle Paul Kampf Studios. Kampf’s school has made three micro-budget feature films — “Amnesia (Who Are You?),” “Brad’s Untitled Restaurant Project” and “From Grace” — and will serve as a key source of talent for projects.
The first film under the Kampf-Radar partnership is “Homecoming,” a dark comedy written by Sarah Hehman and Christi Sperry that is planned for shooting in Portland in the late summer. The story centers on a husband getting his dream job and moving his simple family to wealthy suburbia, where his lonely, naive wife gets swept into the dangerous world of alpha moms.
Producers are Kampf, Field and Aldo Lapietra. Executive »
- Dave McNary
It’s been 25 years since the release of Garry Marshall‘s timeless fairytale, Pretty Woman. When it arrived in theaters back in 1990, the film opened to mixed reviews, but the dramedy starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere would become a box office smash and a cultural touchstone.Twenty five years later, Pretty Woman is a beloved classic, not to mention a pop culture reference in movies like Romy and Michele’s High School reunion and TV shows like Broad City and Parks and Recreation. From those unforgettable outfits to those endlessly re-quotable lines, we’ve picked the 25 most iconic things from Pretty Woman.
1. It Turned Julia Roberts Into a Full-Fledged Movie Star
Yes, the actress broke out in Hollywood in the late ’80s thanks to her work in Mystic Pizza and Steel Magnolias, but it wasn’t until she nabbed the role as bubbly, sexy hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold Vivian Ward that she became an A-list leading lady. »
- Aly Semigran
No one expected much from "Pretty Woman" when they were making it. It was a modestly-budgeted romantic comedy whose stars were Richard Gere (then in the depths of a career slump) and Eric Roberts's kid sister. But when the movie was released, 25 years ago this week (on March 23, 1990), the project was transformed from overlooked stepsister to box office royalty. Mirroring her on-screen Cinderella makeover, Julia Roberts went from little-known ingenue to queen of Hollywood. Plus, the film saved Gere's career and (along with 1989's "When Harry Met Sally") revived the romantic comedy genre in Hollywood.
A quarter-century later, "Pretty Woman" remains a fan favorite, one you've seen a million times on cable. Even so, there's much you may not know about the movie -- the difficulties in casting (Gere and Roberts weren't anyone's first, second, or third choices), crises on the set, what was left out of the final film, »
- Gary Susman
To mark the occasion, Digital Spy has unearthed 25 fascinating facts about the beloved 1990 film. Read on to find out why Vivian is a Disney princess, how Superman himself Christopher Reeve almost played Edward and the film's straight-to-the-point title in China.
1. The original script for Pretty Woman was titled $3,000 and was a dark drama about prostitution in La. Vivian was a drug addict trying to go clean to save up money for a trip to Disneyland. Disney-owned Touchstone Pictures developed the idea into a more conventional romantic comedy, meaning Vivian is something of an edgier Disney princess.
The cast of Pretty Woman have reunited as the romantic comedy prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary next week.
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere - who played the dysfunctional star-crossed lovers in the 1990 movie - were joined by co-stars Hector Elizondo (hotel manager Barney Thompson) and Laura San Giacomo (Kit de Luca) and director Garry Marshall for an appearance on NBC's Today show.
The reunion with the Us chat show's host Matt Lauer will air next Tuesday (March 24), but pictures of the interview have been released early for eager fans.
And judging by the images, it looked like a lot of fun.
The cast and director discuss the making of the movie and reveal behind-the-scenes details of what went on on set.
Kevin Hart and Josh Gad are teaming up for The Wedding Ringer this weekend and in honor of the film's release, we're raising a glass to the seven best movie weddings of all time. From My Best Friend's Wedding to The Wedding Singer, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding to Bridesmaids, Hollywood knows just how to cash in on the beautiful chaos that is "the big day."
Watch: Inside 6 of The Biggest Celebrity Weddings of 2014
7. The Wedding Planner (2001)
Who can forget Jennifer Lopez as Mary Fiore, the ambitious and successful San Francisco wedding planner who is forced to choose between her career and love when she falls head over heels (literally) for a top client's groom-to-be (Matthew McCaughney)?
6. 27 Dresses (2008)
"Always a bridesmaids, never a bride."Truer words have never been spoken when it comes to Katherine Heigl's character in this 2008 romantic comedy. Heigl plays an unmarried woman who has hiked up her fair share of poofy »
19 items from 2015
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